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United Way of Central Maryland’s Fourth Annual Project Homeless Connect Aims to Assist 2,000 of the Baltimore Area’s Homeless Population

More than 2,000 volunteers to be matched one-on-one with individuals and families in need at one of the largest homeless one-day resource fairs in the country

Baltimore, MD (September 23, 2015) – On Thursday, September 24, United Way of Central Maryland will once again bring together more than 90 partners and 2,000 volunteers to aid those experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City and the surrounding area at their fourth annual Project Homeless Connect.

Each volunteer guide will be matched one-on-one with a homeless adult or family to help them access more than 150 services available at the event, ranging from dental care, medical screenings, housing information, employment programs to haircuts, legal services, identification cards and more.

“I was so grateful to have this opportunity and that these resources have been made available all in one setting. Everybody was so helpful in a nonjudgmental way. I hope this continues every year because overall it was a great day…productive and pleasurable,” said one participant from last year’s Project Homeless Connect.

United Way’s Baltimore event is one of the largest in the countryReplicated in over 300 cities, Project Homeless Connect is a city-wide resource fair that provides those experiencing or at-risk for homelessness to receive on-the-spot services all in one place.

“Project Homeless Connect has become a movement. It’s about changing the odds for families and communities right here in Baltimore and all central Maryland,” said Mark Furst, president of United Way of Central Maryland. “It’s incredible to see the outpouring of support from organizations, companies and volunteers who want to help those experiencing homelessness get the services they need and to let these individuals and families know that someone cares about them.”

At the 2014 Project Homeless Connect, 1,450 people experiencing homelessness or poverty received services. In 2013, United Way Worldwide declared Baltimore’s Project Homeless Connect to be the national best practice model for direct homeless service events. United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services brought the Project Homeless Connect model to Baltimore in August of 2012.

“We go out into the community on a regular basis to meet people where they are and get them the help that they need,” said Kevin Lindamood, president and CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless. “Project Homeless Connect is one more way for our team to reach more people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness all at one time, in one place.”

Project Homeless Connect is made possible by United Way of Central Maryland, The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services – Homeless Services Program, and Baltimore-area service providers. Exelon and The Journey Home also provide generous support.

To learn more about United Way of Central Maryland and how to help change the odds, please visit www.uwcm.org.

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Fourth Annual Project Homeless Connect